Sources from both Arsenal and Manchester City have told 90min that a deal has been made for the Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus to join Arsenal.
The deal between the two clubs was finished late Friday night, and the transfer was valued at about £45 million. Even though not all of the details have been worked out, Jesus is now set to have a checkup in north London while his representatives work out the details.
Those deals were already being talked about and are likely to be finalized this weekend. Jesus is expected to become the highest-paid player at Arsenal, making more than £250,000 a week.
Arsenal and Manchester City have reached full verbal agreement today for Gabriel Jesus. Deal in place after new meeting – been told guaranteed fee is £45m. 🚨🇧🇷 #AFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2022
Arsenal are now working on personal terms with Gabriel’s camp – final step to get the deal completed very soon. pic.twitter.com/sNcy4TuTks
City hoped they could convince Jesus to stay, and 90min knows that their contract offer wasn’t too different from what he’s going to get at the Emirates Stadium.
But the Premier League champions made it clear to Jesus that they would sell him this summer if he didn’t sign a new contract, and now that Arsenal has met their valuation, that has happened.
Sources close to Jesus have confirmed that he wanted “new opportunities” at Arsenal, which included playing in the middle of the field.
The last two years, City manager Pep Guardiola almost always played Jesus as a right forward, and the Spaniard had no plans to change his mind, even though Erling Haaland was brought in from Borussia Dortmund this summer to be the club’s first-choice striker.
People think that was a big reason why Jesus decided to leave since he thinks he can lead the line through the middle. Arsenal beat out Chelsea and Tottenham, both in the Premier League, and European powerhouses AC Milan, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid, who all wanted the 25-year-old.